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Mentor Appointments

The opportunity to have personal, fifteen minute appointments with Editors, Agents, Mentors or PR/Media Professionals is a valuable highlight of the conference. These provide a great way to learn first-hand about the writing industry, to pitch your manuscript or work-in-progress, and to brainstorm ideas, get encouragement, and benefit from industry professionals.

All appointments are available on a first pay, first slotted basis. Appointments will be scheduled by the Conference Appointment Coordinator, Casey Miller. You will select multiple choices for your appointment needs when you register for the conference.

Bonnie Calhoun


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Bonnie S. Calhoun is Owner/Director of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, owner/publisher of Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Northeast Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and the ACFW 2011 Mentor of the Year. For the last eight years she has taught workshops in Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, and Social Media at a number of yearly writers conferences.

She loves to write, but it doesn't make her happy unless there are the three B's...body count, blood, and blowing things up. Bonnie also has mad skills at coding HTML, and website design. She lives in a log cabin in the woods, with fifteen acres and a pond full of bass, though she'd rather buy fish at the grocery store. She shares her domain with a husband, a dog, and two cats, all of whom think she’s waitstaff!

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I would be glad to discuss your social media presence, help you craft an elevator pitch or ferret out the important questions about your story. I am also willing to critiques the first 3-5 pages of your work, if needed.

Ronie Kendig


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Ronie Kendig grew up an Army brat and married a veteran. Her life is never dull in a family with four children and three dogs. She has a degree in psychology, speaks to various groups, volunteers with the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and mentors new writers. Rapid-Fire Fiction, her brand, is exemplified through her novels: Dead Reckoning, the Discarded Heroes military series, which includes acclaimed novels Nightshade, Digitalis, Wolfsbane, and Firethorn, and A Breed Apart, her upcoming series about military war dogs. Ronie can be found at on Fa,cebook ( , Twitter (@roniekendig), and GoodReads.


If you need to decompress after an exhausting-but-thrilling conference...if you need someone who's "been there/done that" to bounce ideas off of...if you need help with a hiccup in your story (not full brainstorming, but working through a tricky spot)...we can do that! Sadly, fifteen minutes flies by, so this isn't a full mentoring session and I won't be sharing my cell phone number. However, I'll help as much as I can in that short time allotted. Iron sharpens iron!

Dani Pettrey


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Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the Alaskan Courage romantic suspense series, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, and Silenced, and upcoming release, Sabotaged. Her books have been honored with the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, a Christy Award nomination, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award, among others. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves—the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their two daughters, a son-in-law, and a super adorable grandson.

I'm viewing these appointments as a time to help and mentor fellow writers (published or aspiring) with whatever is heaviest on their heart. If you want to practice your pitch on me, that's great. If you have just received a contract or signed with an agent and want to know what comes next, I'm happy to share my experience. If you have a number of questions or need some encouragement for this crazy journey, I'd love to chat. What this appointment is not:
A critique session. I'm happy to practice a pitch or look at a one sheet, but I'm not prepared to give feedback on writing samples. I'd recommend signing up for a paid critique for those.

Ramona Richards


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Ramona Richards is the Senior Acquisitions Editor for Christian Living at Abingdon Press. A writer and editor since 1981, Ramona has worked on staff or as a freelancer with more than 20 magazine and book publishers. She’s the author of three devotional books, seven novels, and numerous magazine articles. Her devotionals have also appeared in Fulfilled: The NIV Devotional Bible for the Single Woman, Trusting Jesus Every Day, Wonderfully Made, Heavenly Humor for the Woman’s Soul, Heavenly Humor for the Dieter’s Soul, and several others. Her latest book, My Mother’s Quilts: Devotions of Love, Legacy, Family, and Faith, will be available in March 2016.

Gayle Roper


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“I have been in love with story all my life,” says Gayle Roper, the award winning author of more than forty-five books. “Give me a story with strong characters and a captivating plot, and I’m one happy reader. Or writer.”

Among Gayle’s awards are the prestigious Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award, the Carol Award from American Christian Fiction Writers, and three HOLT Medallions. She has been a Christy finalist three times and has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times Book Report. Of her title Fatal Deduction (Multnomah), Publishers Weekly states, “Roper’s dialogue and character development are spot-on, which is no small feat, considering that Libby’s world is peopled by everyone from elderly patricians to two-bit gangsters…This novel is a pleasure from start to finish.”

For her work in training Christian writers Gayle has won special recognition from Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, St. Davids CWC, Florida CWC, and Greater Philadelphia CWC. She lives in southeastern Pennsylvania. She enjoys reading, spending time at the family’s Canadian cottage, gardening, and eating out every time she can manage it.


Do you have questions about the industry? Do you want a quick critique of your first few pages? Do you want to talk ideas or brainstorm a plot line? Do you want to pray with someone or talk out an issue? Gayle's open for conversation on any topic and looks forward to meeting with many of you.

You must be at least 18 years old to attend conference without a parent/guardian present with you at all times.

Participation of an individual presenter, agent, editor, or publisher in the ACFW conference does not constitute endorsement by ACFW. Conference attendees are advised to use due diligence and take personal responsibility when choosing industry professionals with whom to schedule appointments or enter into agreement.